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Fred Swaniker
CEO

African Leadership Academy (ALA) is dedicated to creating lasting social impact in Africa by cultivating and providing lifelong support to the next generation of African leaders. Founded in 2004 and based in South Africa, ALA seeks to create opportunity for young Africans, build an ecosystem for entrepreneurs, and accelerate social change from within the continent.

ALA identifies the most promising 16-19 year olds from all 54 African nations for an innovative, two-year program focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, and African studies. The academy provides a superior high school curriculum, as well as access to higher education and ongoing training.

With Omidyar Network’s support, ALA will strengthen its ability to identify gifted young students, grow its entrepreneur development program, and develop its alumni network to offer lifelong support to more than 6,000 leaders.

 

INITIATIVE
Education
SECTOR
Nonprofit
GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS
Africa
INVESTMENT LEAD
Amy Klement
TOTAL COMMITTED
$1,500,000(2011)